Medsphere Reaches Settlement in OpenVista Lawsuit

Lora Bentley

As the bickering begins with IP Innovation's lawsuit against Red Hat and Novell, another lawsuit concerning open source software has wrapped up. InformationWeek reports that Medsphere and its former CTO, Steve Shreeve, have reached a settlement. Medsphere sued Shreeve last year after Shreeve posted part of the company's health care system software to


The company argued the code was "not intended to be made freely available" and that Shreeve and his brother Scott posted "elements" of OpenVista to SourceForge because they planned to start a company that would compete against Medsphere. Interestingly, the company later released the code as open source while the case was still pending.


According to InformationWeek, the chairman of Medsphere would not reveal the details of the settlement, except to say that neither Shreeve brother remains associated with the company. The story also indicates that Steve Shreeve "could not be reached for comment."

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